The first step is to get the analytics code from Google.

To do this, go to your Google Analytics account page, and click on the Admin button (looks like a wheel cog) as shown below:

When the Tracking Info sub-menu is displayed, click on the Tracking Code link.

The Tracking Code window will open and display your Tracking ID [Starts with "UA-", and the PHP/JavaScript Tracking Code to insert your Tracking ID onto your website.

Highlight the code shown and copy this code to your clipboard.

The next step is to locate the correct place to insert this code in your website…

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FKelso Premium Plus
Paul, it looks like Trish has you covered, but I have an unrelated question. Is that your logo? Did you design it? It is very clever -- I really like it.
PaulREvans57 Premium
Yes, Fran. I found someone on Fiverr to design it for me.

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Triblu Premium
Hey Paul,

There is a reason that this is NOT really sound advice.

Reason is that once you add your Google tracking to the header.php file of your theme, the next time you update your theme... POOF!... your Google tracking will be gone... overwritten by the new header.php file that your theme will install for you.

So, using this technique... you would need to reinstall your Google tracking code EVERY time you update your theme.
PaulREvans57 Premium
Hi Trish,

I did mention that in training.

I only advise it for those who want to do it. I am not recommending it.

For those techie types. It is a perfectly acceptable way to get around the problem of too many plugins.

I have done this myself in the past. I am sure I will do it again in the future.

1. Create a Child Theme,
2. Activate the child theme,
3. Implement the code to the child theme,
4. When an update to the parent theme arrives, check to see if the header.php has been amended,
5. Replace/modify header.php in the child.

I only recommend this for people who are comfortable in doing this back-end stuff.
Triblu Premium
Yes Paul... adding a child theme would be the only logical way around having to install your Google tracking code with each update of your theme.
PaulREvans57 Premium
I do appreciate your wisdom, Trish.

I recommend to anyone wanting to try this process to think hard about it.

The best solution is to stick with Kyle and Carson's choice, which is the All-In-One SEO plugin.

If you feel you must go down this manual analytics tracking process, then probably you have a bigger issue with your website.